Ireland’s paralympians are blazing a golden trail all across London, with middle distance runner Michael McKillop and sprinter Jason Smyth the stars of the show.
McKillop picked up Ireland’s fifth gold medal of the games and his second with victory in the T37 1500 meter final on Monday night.
The 22-year-old eased to his second gold medal of the London games as he set a new paralympic record of four minutes 08.11 seconds just two days after he landed 800 meter gold.
Afterwards McKillop said, “It was great to do a double here in London. When I heard that the 1500 meter would be on the program here I was thrilled as I didn’t have this opportunity in Beijing. It means so much to be able to do this.”
Smyth retained his 100 meter T3 100m title in style by setting a new world record on his way to gold at the Olympic Stadium.
He smashed his own world record in the heats with a time of 10.54 and he took a further .08 off his new record with a scintillating 10.46 in the final.
The Florida-based Derry man said, “This just goes to show that if you work hard and apply yourself you can achieve at the greatest level.
“Coming into the Championships I knew I was under pressure to retain my title so I wanted to do that first and foremost and thankfully I was able to do that. Of course there was the added bonus of a world record.”
Smyth will now look for a 200 meter double later in the week.